Helping professionals support parents with learning difficulties
Healthy Start is an initiative that supports professionals working with parents who have learning difficulties. It provides information and resources for practitioners, managers, researchers and policy makers and aims to improve outcomes for both parents and children.
Parents with learning difficulties tend to have fewer social supports, so the service system can be critical in helping families to function. But many service providers find it challenging supporting mothers and fathers with learning difficulties. And they need effective strategies and information.
Evidence shows that parents with learning difficulties are able to learn and apply adequate parenting skills, but they can still face negative assumptions from a range of sources. Healthy Start uses a combination of research and practical information to support professionals, giving them the tools they need to help these parents and support their families.
Practical guidance for professionals to address common issues in practice and policy relating to clients with learning difficulties.
- What is intellectual disability (PDF, 481KB)
- Best Practice in family support (PDF, 199KB)
- Advocacy support during child protection (PDF, 163KB)
- Father inclusive practice (PDF, 194KB)
- Promoting group involvement (PDF, 208KB)
- Implementing parent education (PDF, 202KB)
Insights from professionals around the globe on best practice approaches to working with parents with learning difficulties.
Evidence-informed programs tailored to the level of support needed.